March 5, 2019 Subject:
A little back story
I was asked to do a video about Mozilla and all the Mozilla Learning Network tools for a mobile learning MOOC.
In 2019 Mozilla decided to shut down Thimble, probably the last vestiges of a project we all began together back in 2011.
The Mozilla Foundation decided to move away from direct support of on the ground learning to instead focus on researching, advocating, and developing Internet Health.
All of the tools and platforms we built to help learners join the relics of web history. X-ray Goggles, Thimble, App Maker, Backpack, Hackasaurus, Webmaker, Webmaker for Android, Mozilla Clubs, Mozilla Learning Network, Thimble II.
So I close the video with my views on #OpenPedagogy and #IndieWeb, both of these movements align to my values but don't have the organizational overhead I did not enjoy as a contributor.
#IndieWeb and #OpenPedagogy look to mobile learning as the web. They both begin with a Domain of Your Own and then expand learning networks outward.
Relying on your own website and building up local infrastructure is the only way to decolonize the web.
One thing I learned in the fights for net neutrality around the globe is far too many people see facebook as the web. When you build mobile learning networks on social media silos we sacrifice long term decolonization efforts in the face of immediate network access.
The role of social media is decision to be made at the local level, but at least begin by building up the local infrastructure of the local web.
Federation and Decentralization begin at home. Stop the colonization of the web. Encourage local communities to carve out a space online they own.
That is the future of mobile learning
(BTW the pictures in the slides were chosen at random using Alan Levine's Pecha Flickr tools. Doug Belshaw, not knowing what the presentation was for, chose the two words "manhole" and "spork")